hope for cody
cody ernst was your average carefree fun loving 17 year old teenager. an avid fisherman and new england patriots fan. he was enjoying his senior year in high school and looking forward to a bright future. he had interests in becoming a nurse or computer networker. cody loved animals and animals loved cody. he was doing his best to be a role model for his 2 younger brothers. cody was working his first job were he often received praise for being such a respectable hard working young man. he was making his parent's very proud. cody had such a bright future ahead of him. then on the night of december 15, 2013 cody was involved in a tragic car accident that would alter his life and his families forever. he was a backseat passenger in a friends car when the accident occurred. cody was transported to the closest hospital. he was brought in as a trauma. after arrival they discovered the extent of his injuries. the car accident left cody with traumatic brain injury to 2 parts of his brain. the damaged caused will be long term. during his time in the hospital he has had several surgeries and also endured a stroke. cody was in a coma for several weeks due to the injury and swelling to the brain. he has recently woken up . his road to recovery is uncertain and long term. currently he does open his eyes, but has no ability to communicate, walk, sit up, eat food, or move his left side. he is presently in hospital in patient rehab. however this program is only 2-3 weeks on average. after that it is up to his family to decide where he goes and the care he gets.Unfortunately South Florida doesnt have many resources for people who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury. And the resources they do have Cody doesnt qualify for . He doesnt qualify because he hasnt progressed enough. Cody will fall between the cracks in care. he will need a drastic amount of therapy to hopefully resume any normal activity and daily things like dressing,& bathing. cody's family is facing a large financial burden as his insurance is not willing to pay for the care Cody needs. there will be no money for ongoing medical care, or the therapies he will need. the family rents there home and it is not handicapped accessible. with all the added stress due to the uncertainty of their sons future cody's parents are also dealing with the stress of limited finances and a growing mountain of medical costs that will only exceed once the insurance has maxed out. i can only imagine being a parent of three children and being faced with a decision between next months bills to keep a roof over my childrens heads or the continued medical care my oldest son needs to try and have some form of normalcy. we are asking for any donation large or small to help cover the cost of hospital bills, rehab, medical equipment needed, home with the proper accessability for cody to be able to live with his family. and the added expenses of gas and daily living. we appreciate all the support and donations for this family during their troubled time.
Cody is 21, he has come so far, he walks, communicates, eats, but yet still has so far to go in recover.
He walks with a limp and experiences alot of pain in his hip, cody still doesnt have use of his left arm or hand, he has alot of behavioral issues due to the injury.
Because cody turned 21 we lost our home health care, so now what? He still needs assistance with daily activities, dressing, bathing, preparing and cutting food, shaving.
Tbi is a never ending battle for our family, we have adjusted and take every day step by step.
I do think cody can go so much further in recovery but insurance just wont pay for the extent of what he needs.
My family thanks everyone for their donations, kind birthday messages to cody, cards, gifts, flowers, balloons, and meals
My son had a life changing medical event senior year. While I can't relate to the severity of Cody's situation, I can relate on some level as my son will most likely live at home for life. He just turned 28. At the risk of sounding like an idiot, may I ask if Cody is on SSI/SSDI? If not, I would really like to give you some great tips on getting through the process and getting approved on the first try. Medicare and Mahdi aid is a lifesaver!!!!! Please message me at Stephanie Medley on FB
Happy Birthday Cody! I too suffer from a TBI and understand your feelings on how you don't have many friends but remember the ones you do have are a blessing to you. Also have your parents check out SSDI, you should be able to get benefits from them as well. Also check out TBI support groups in your area, they can be a big help for you and your family.
Please contact me. My son was 19 when he was struck...I can give you lots of info. He was a 2 nd year college student they gave him a 30 percent chance of living....he also has a TBI...he is now 28 and is walking with a cane. They said he would never walk again. somethings to be aware of that I learned the hard way...if you son leaves the state for more than 30 days he is no longer a resident of that state. ex...we went to PA for rehab and couldn't get Eric Medicaid till he came back....and it's not retroactive. We should have signed him up for PA's Medicaid while he was there because he was considered a resident after 30 days then switched him to OH's. If the other state has a better Medicaid program it might be worth it. I don't know Fl laws but I can give you and insight into Oh laws and Florida contacts and tell you things I have learned. I am an advocate now for the disabled. In our state if you are injured before the age of 22 you are considered a child all your life and qualify for disability waivers....contact your mrdd or your dodd office. Also contact the ARC of Florida 800 226 1155 (they tell you your closest contact) They are a wealth of info and help...JOIN them...it's free. A great source of info on waivers and assistance. Go to TBI and ARC conferences you will meet people and network. Sorry for the long message but I wanted you to realize you are not alone and I truly understand and want to help. Also check your state laws about Independent Providers....a relative over 18 can become his paid provider if he qualifies for one. The ARC can help with that too. The ARC 2898 Mahan Dr Ste 1, Tallahassee, FL 32308 · (800) 226-1155
There are several places that work with people like Cody. Check out The Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia, Next Step Fitness in Atlanta Georgia, or Next Step Fitness in Orlando Florida. I hope he is recovering well.. I myself suffered a spinal cord injury in 2013 so I know where you're coming from. Just stay positive and put your faith in the lord and everything will turn out how it's supposed to!
I just wanted to say to never give up. My dad had a TBI about 9 years ago, and he has come a very long way. He has memory problems, and he still struggles at times, but the brain will heal daily. My suggestion to you would be to make a memory book with family members, photos, names and information about them. Read this to him daily. It will help. Life with someone with a traumatic brain injury will never be the same, but you'll be thankful everyday that he's still there.
Happy birthday Cody. I just wrote you a long post with my story! N then lost it so so sorry about thathe. I had a stroke 6 mon the ago and I am paralyzed on my left side. Hope you are doing better. Let me know how it is going and God bless you. Yay Patriots!
Question when my daughter in law had a wreck that was caused by someone else the car insurance paid when yours runs out theirs takes over. I have seen people even have to sue their own insurance (car) to make them pay. I don’t know if your state is a no fault state though.
Please check out Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Mason, MI They will help anyone with a TBI even if they do not have the means to pay for services. https://www.facebook.com/origamirehab/ Happy Birthday Cody!